6 Apps for a Good Night's Sleep

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Story Updated: Oct 10, 2012

Having trouble falling or staying asleep? Stop stressing and putting your health at risk. Try one (or more) of these apps to smooth the way to a satisfying slumber.

Deep Sleep with Andrew Jonhson

Why we love it: No matter how hectic your day, this app's guided relaxation techniques will help you unwind, leave the stress behind and drift off.

Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android

Cost: $2.99

Relax & Rest Guided Meditations

Why we love it: Meditation is an amazing way to clear your mind of all those annoying thoughts keeping you awake, and this app shows you how to do it effectively in just five minutes -- even if you've never meditated before. It's also wonderful when you need a quick relaxation break during the day.

Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android

Cost: $0.99

Proactive Sleep

Why we love it: Want to improve your sleep habits? This app helps you track and analyze your personal patterns so you can change them. It also lets you set any song in your music library as an alarm and makes you play a brain-stimulating game to shut it off and get you going.

Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android

Cost: $0.99

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Why we love it: If you tend to wake up tired, it might be because your alarm is set to go off when you're in a deep sleep phase. This app can change that. It uses the accelerometer in your phone to monitor your movements, determining what sleep cycle you're in, then wakes you up when you're in the lightest phase. The result: much less fatigue. Sleep Cycle also keeps track of your sleep data, displaying it in easy-to-read graphs.

Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android

Cost: $0.99

aSleep

Why we love it: This app turns your phone into a soothing sound machine that blocks out other noise and lulls you to sleep with your choice of 65 different sounds from those found in nature, white noise, music, even a heart beating or a variety of classic lullabies. It also functions as an alarm clock.

Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Cost: $0.99

Relaxing Nature Scenes

Why we love it: For those who need more than a sound machine to block out the day, this is the perfect solution. It combines sleep-inducing visuals (a mesmerizing campfire, for example) with dozens of relaxing repetitive sounds (crickets chirping, a waterfall) that you can combine and layer in any way that suits you.

Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Cost: $0.99

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